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Sigma150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
 
4.4

(based on 172 reviews)

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    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (120)
  • Strong construction (87)
  • Consistent output (77)
  • Durable (76)
  • Easily interchangeable (69)

Cons

  • Heavy (92)
  • Poor in low light (30)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Lens creep (9)
  • Blurry focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (110)
  • Sports/action (75)
  • Landscape/scenery (56)
  • Wildlife (23)
  • General purpose (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (81), Semi-pro photographer (34), Casual photographer (14), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth every red cent!

After quite a bit of research into wildlife reaching lenses, I purchased this Sigma lens. It had been nearly thirty years since my last Sigma purchase, keeping now days to the Canon name...Read complete review

After quite a bit of research into wildlife reaching lenses, I purchased this Sigma lens. It had been nearly thirty years since my last Sigma purchase, keeping now days to the Canon name lenses. I have now had this Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO lens over six months, and I am still in love with its performance. Granted it is not the 500mm f/4 II prime Canon lens, but it is a fair substitute, and at one tenth the price. The images are sharp, with good bokeh, and acceptable focusing speed. My copy leans perhaps 15% warm in it's color rendition, yet seldom needs any chromatic aberration correction. I find it helpful, not unlike the Canon 100-400mm zoom, to aid this lens into the focusing "ballpark" , near focus verses far focus, to help quicken acquisition of the auto focus. This lens does not have a switch setting for this, so one must do this manually, but it will significantly decrease searching. Where as the Canon 500mm f/4L II weights in at a little over seven pounds, the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 weights only four and a fifth pounds; so at two-thirds the weight, I find the Sigma much easier to handhold for a short duration. I do increase my keepers significantly though with the use of a mono-pod, and can frequently push my exposure times down to the 1/160 to 1/125th second mark with the OS on. All in all, I consider this lens one of my best purchases in years. Now to study up on the new Sigma 300-800mm verses the Canon 800mm prime.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very nice lens, but not without issues

Pros: Very nice range and OS gets you 4 stops or so when it's working. Lens sharpens up nicely by f/8 on the long end. It is well-built and has EX-grade finish...Read complete review

Pros: Very nice range and OS gets you 4 stops or so when it's working. Lens sharpens up nicely by f/8 on the long end. It is well-built and has EX-grade finish (although not officially an EX lens). The ring HSM is not as responsive as my Sigma 100-300, but is largely adequate considering the focal range of the lens. It tracks large birds quite nicely and has a high keeper rate for such shots. It also has very nice minimum focusing distance which seems to provide 1:3 to 1:4 magnification at 500mm. It can give reasonable images with Sigma's 1.4x TC, but the 2x TC really isn't suitable (except in times of desperation, perhaps).

Cons: The OS seems to be unstable. Sometimes it activates and works as it's supposed to (within about 1 second), while other times it does not seem to engage or will engage then drop the OS. I will likely send mine in to have Sigma take a look at it. The focus is very nice in good lighting (but not excellent), but will hunt in poor lighting at the long end. The zoom lock is a bit finicky - you have to be exactly in the right spot for it to engage and it's not the minimum turn.

Overall: If Sigma can rectify the OS issue, then I would give this lens a 4 to 5-star rating. I am hopeful that they will be able to do so; otherwise I'm a bit disappointed in it. It's not what I expected compared to my other Sigma lenses (and I own 7 others).

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4.0

Great lens for the price

By Brian

from Colorado

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

I got this lens just prior to taking a trip to Borneo. I first took it to the zoo as a warmup exercise and was really happy with the results. It is a big and heavy lens though, with cheap-ish casing and there is no getting around that. In comparison the Canon 100-400 f4-5.6 is much more compact, is lighter, and has a more rugged build. I would probably recommend that lens over this one for backpacking photographers. But its also twice as expensive. As far as photo quality output I was able to get just as good of shots, though the Canon might be a bit better in fading light conditions. It is also very comparable in quality to the Tamron 150-600 f5-6.3. Good focus, decent bokeh, no problems with chromatic aberration. Basically it is hard to complain about the photographic results of this lens for the price, assuming you use it as this sort of lens is meant to be used. If you're not sure about image quality then I'd check out samples on pixelpeeper online. That helped settle the issue for me.

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5.0

Signa 150-500 for sports

By Toby

from Ohio

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

This is a very good lens for the price. I use it for daytime soccer. Too slow for nighttime sports and too long for most sports (even at 150mm)unless you only want small area (chest & head). Idea for soccer 90% of the time. Entire field can be covered.Lens is heavy and I always use a monopod.
Have not used it for any landscape shots but expect it to be very good for stills. Didn't notice any flaws that couldn't be corrected by PP. may have some lengths that are not tack sharp but that has not become an issue.

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5.0

Great lens for airshows.

By Leo the "Articulator"

from Bonne Terre, MO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I use this lens for photographing aircraft at airshows.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By Karl

    from North Dakota

    About Me Casual Photographer

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          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          Great lens! Image stabilization works great for handheld photos. Lens is heavy, but what do you expect with a telescope on the front of the camera? I managed to hold it for a few days getting pictures of R/C aircraft, wildlife, whatever else I felt like shooting. Works great for everything.

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          5.0

          Great Lens!

          By Sean Voiles

          from PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          Great lens for a tight budget.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Sigma 150-500 on Canon

          By Darrell

          from Dallas Tx

          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          Wow!!! What a great lens!! Much more than I expected in zoom and with the X2 magnifier it makes it 1000mm. Pictures are as clear as you could ask for.

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          5.0

          Moon

          By Trubach

          from San Diego, CA

          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          Very nice lense

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          5.0

          Very good lens.

          By Trubach

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                I used this lens only for about 20 minutes, was shooting a moon.I like it so far.

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                5.0

                Very impressed so far

                By EmmaE

                from Chicago,IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                I have not had had chance to fully try out this lens but my initial test shots were nice and sharp. The lens is heavy but you could still hand hold it for short amounts of time. I got this to replace my Canon 100-400mm as I wanted more reach for bird photography and I like that the lens is a twist to extend rather than the trombone like action of the 100-400 which was always frustrating to use.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Say what?

                By BROOKLYN-CAMERA © 2024

                from Brooklyn, N.Y.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                Had some great shots and also lost some great shots.I need to shoot more games for sure...Glad I have a game tomorrow to shoot with the 150-500mm. I need more practice shooting with this new lens....I can do this!

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                4.0

                New lens

                By Photosteve

                from Columbia, SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                To start doing bird photography, even in my back yard, I needed something that would consistently focus. My 70-200 f/4 L was sharp but not long enough. Adding a 2x teleconverter required manual focus. My hit rate was very poor. I decided to go with this lens as one of the least expensive avenues to get to length and autofocus. I've only had it a couple of weeks, so can't speak to durability.

                My hit rate has increased quite a bit. I still have a number of photos not quite sharp, but I'm marking that down to poor technique so far. One person saw some chromatic aberration. When I brighten some images, I think I do detect some greenish tint in the white areas.

                The Robin shot attached is hand held (!) at 1/320 second and 500MM. I was astonished that it came out sharp (f/8, 640 ISO) aperture priority.

                Size and focal length makes a tripod a near necessity. The focus ring is placed under the tripod mounting bracket, making it a bit difficult to get to. Moving it futher out might make it completely inaccesible as this is a very long lens when zoomed out.

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                5.0

                The "BigSig" is great

                By Nightowl

                from Escondido, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                Very good for wildlife, birding and I used it at my granddaughters soccer game. It is heavy, but you should know that when you buy it.

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                5.0

                Exceptional quality for price

                By Luckless

                from PEI, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  I have been exceptionally pleased with how well this lens has been working for me. It is very much a budget compromise lens, and the f/6.3 at the long end has made it painfully difficult to use at times due to lack of light. I strongly suggest this lens with a monopod. Shooting hand held is still workable, and its implementation of image stabilization compensates very nicely, but will wear on you over time, and shooting too close to dusk or dawn will become even harder to work with.

                  Very little use for indoor shooting of anything but still objects or subjects that work well with panning.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Zoom

                  By Mike the Dad

                  from Ridgewood, NJ

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                    I am no photography expert. I am a father trying to take pictures of my children on their school's crew team; i.e., out on a river and far away. So far (2 regattas), the Sigma 150-500 has performed wonderfully. The good: it's easy to use and takes very nice pictures. The "bad" (if you can call it that), is I'm a little surprised that even though I can get close, it does not seem so close for such a large lens. I'm sure this is no fault of the lens, and only due to my over expectations, but it is still a little disappointing that I can't zoom right up to their nostril hairs!!! Overall, however, for the price, this is a terrific lens.

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                    5.0

                    Nicely responsive

                    By arelsie

                    from Kansas City, MO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                    After recently converting to digital format, I found that I "needed" a longer lens for an upcoming adventure. I visited a site with lots of birds to try the lens and was really pleased with the responsiveness of the lens and the ability to capture the image that I wanted. I managed to capture a blue heron in flight (and in focus) - something that was completely impossible with my film/manual camera.

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                    4.0

                    Nice lens, looks cool!

                    By Paul, beginner birdwatcher

                    from the Midwest

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Auto-Focus
                    • Quiet auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                      I bought this lens to get better pictures of the birds in our back yard. It's autofocus is very fast and very quiet, compared to the two Canon EF-S lenses that came with the camera (18-55 and 55-250). The image stabilizer works great.

                      So far, hand-holding it with decent light, it seems to have a bit of a soft focus. Pictures look nice, but I can't zoom or enlarge them much before they get grainy. Perhaps it's from shooting through the kitchen windows. I look forward to Spring when I can go outside and give it a try.

                      When hand-holding it, the manual focus ring is a bit far aft. I have to hold it behind the center of gravity just a bit, which makes it awkward and front heavy. (Yes, I take 80% of the photos at 500mm. Doesn't everyone?)

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                      4.0

                      A Big Boy!

                      By Small Wonders

                      from Brentsville, VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                      Used for wildlife photography. The overall range is really great but the lens is very heavy. A sturdy tripod is a must. It works best in full daylight.

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                      5.0

                      My best lens yet

                      By Maureen

                      from Bethany Beach, Delaware

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                      Tripod use is a must but the results are incredible. Sharp as a tac shots. It's a little heavy but worth the weight when you see the images it produces.

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                      4.0

                      nice well made lens

                      By Betsy

                      from Colville,Wa.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                      I haven't had a chance to use this lens much due to the storms that we have here. I plan on using this for wildlife photography. Lens seems to handle well.

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                      5.0

                      It's even better than I expected!

                      By Ed

                      from Troy, NY

                      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                      I heard great things about this lens but I thought that the claims were exaggerations until I tried it. My first experience with it was for some hand held photos of birds at my feeder. The day was overcast so I couldn't use short exposure times or small apertures. In spite of this I got tack sharp pictures. I couldn't be happier with it.

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